- September 29th, 2015
[Ginsendai in Daisetsuzan Mountain Range] One of Famous Fall Foliage Spots in Hokkaido
Ginsendai (銀泉台) at about 1,520 m above sea level is a trailhead for Mt. Akadake (赤岳) near Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) in the southern part of Kamikawa town located in the southeastern direction of Asahikawa city, and is one of famous great places to see fall foliage in Hokkaido. Wild flowers are in full bloom in July, and the fall foliage is the best season to see in mid September. Visitors increase at those seasons. Traffic regulations enforce during high seasons of the fall foliage, and the visitors must use shuttle buses from Taisetsu Lakesite (大雪レイクサイト) around Lake Taisesu (大雪湖) to the Ginsendai. The bus fare of each way is JPY 500. It takes about 30 minutes. In addition, my-car control assistance fund is JPY 200. I think that it is a kind of a paking lot fee in the Taisetsu Lakesite. A forest patrol office, a parking lot, a public restroom and a watering place are in the trailhead of the Ginsendai. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Hokkaido Road 1162 to the Ginsendai is closed to traffic from mid October to late June.
Ginsendai Hiking Trail Map
Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) is a hot-spring resort in Kamikawa town located in the southeastern direction of Asahikawa city, and is one of the 5 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉), Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉), Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉) and Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉), and is a base for sightseeing of the Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) that about 2 million tourists come every year. There is a trailhead to Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), and a lot of mountain climbers as well as bathers for medical purposes come. The hot-spring resort is based on a concept of harmony with the natural environment, and almost building design is unified in western-style townscape named "Canyon Mall (キャニオンモール)". There are 15 accommodations, a hot spring facility, a footbath, restaurants, souvenir shops, convenience stores and Kurodake Ropeway (黒岳ロープウェー), and tourists can climb to highland at 1520 m above sea level by the ropeway. By the way, 7-Eleven in Sounkyo is well-known for being owned by Ms. Sara Takanashi (高梨沙羅 * famous Ski jumper)'s parents. Read More
Lake Taisetsu (大雪湖) is a man-made lake in Kamikawa town located in the southeastern direction of Asahikawa city. Taisetsu Dam (大雪ダム) was built near a junction of Daisetsu National Route (National Route 39) and Kamikawa National Route (National Route 273) in 1975, so the Lake Taisetsu was borned. Candy Trouts and Dolly Varden Trouts inhabit the intricately shaped lake, and a lot of anglers come. But beware of brown bears bacause the lake is in the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range called "a home of the brown bears". Places to see the lake are the Taisetsu Dam, Taisetsu Lakesite (大雪レイクサイト) and a parking lot park. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
The trail to the Mt. Akadake at 2,078 m above sea level is popular with beginner hikers because it is easy to go up the mountaintop, and it takes about 3 hours from the Ginsendai to the mountaintop each way. First Flower Field (第一花園), Second Flower Field (第二花園), Oku-no-Daira (奥ノ平) and Komakusa-Daira (駒草平) are along the trail, and wild flowers of alpine plants can be enjoyed. In a summer or an autumn, the hiking and the fall foliage can be savored, and some poeple come to enjoy buckcountry skiing early in the summer. By the way, If the visitors take a narrow gravel (Hokkaido Road 1,162) road for about 14 km in length from National Route 273 to the Ginsendai, the visitors can reach to the Ginsendai. But the visitors must pay scrupulous attention to driving because large sightseeing buses run on the narrow road, too. Actually, I encountered a car with a trouble. A mobile phone is out of coverage area, so it is hard to ask for help.
The Ginsendai is about 17 km away from Sounkyo Onsen Resort, and restaurants, cafes and convenience stores are built there. In addition, Lake Taisetsu (大雪湖) and Daisetsu-kogen Highland (大雪高原) are near here, too.
Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Hiking Tour to See Fall Foliage
Daisetsu-Kogen Swamp Group (大雪高原沼群) is in the southern part of Kamikawa town located in the southeastern direction of Asahikawa city, and is well-known as one of great places to see fall foliage in Japan, and about 30 large and small swamps are dotted with a highland at 1,200 - 1,500 above sea level. Around the trailhaed for Daisetsu-Kogen Swamp Group is called "Taisestu Kogen Onsen", and Taisetsu-Kogen-so (大雪高原山荘), Brown Bear Information Center (ヒグマ情報センター), Forest Patrol Kogen Office (森林パトロール高原事務所), a public restroom and a parking lot are built there. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The fall foliage is the best season to see in mid September. Visitors increase at those seasons. Traffic regulations enforce during high seasons of the fall foliage, and the visitors must use shuttle buses from Taisetsu Lakesite (大雪レイクサイト) to the Ginsendai. The bus fare of each way is JPY 500. It takes about 30 minutes. In addition, my-car control assistance fund is JPY 200. I think that it is a kind of a paking lot fee in the Taisetsu Lakesite. Town Road Taisetu Kogen Onsen Line to the Taisetu Kogen Onsen is closed to traffic from mid October to mid June. Read More
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen (大雪高原温泉) is a hot spring place in Kamikawa town in the southeastern direction of Asahikawa city. Taisetsu-Kogen-so (大雪高原山荘) is built at 1260 m above sea level in a mountain of Omote Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. The distance is around 25 km far away from Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉). There are Brown Bear Information Center (ヒグマ情報センター) and Forest Patrol Kogen Base (森林パトロール高原事務所) around here, and Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Hiking Tour (大雪高原温泉沼めぐりコース) that is famous for beautiful fall foliage is built, too. Ginsendai (銀泉台) that is famous for beautiful fall foliage and Lake Taisetsu (大雪湖) are relatively near here, too. Read More
Daisetsuzan National Park
Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the center of Hokkaido is the largest national park in Japan, the size of 226,764 ha, and has been designed as the national park since 1934, and is the oldest national park in the Hokkaido along with Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called "Daisetsuzan", and those are called "A roof of the Hokkaido" ,too. Rare nature such as active volcanoes, Lare Columnar joints, a sea of trees and permafrost even in the Hokkaido can be seen. About 250 types of alpine plants grow naturally, and various forms of life such as brown bear, blakiston's fish owl, dolly varden and pine grosbeak inhabit here. By the way, A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". Read More
Ginsendai Fall Foliage Hiking Tour
The most beautiful places to see the fall foliage are between the trailhead and the First Flower Field. It takes about 60 minutes from the forest patrol office to there. Only in the fall foliage season, a lot of ordinary tourists and oversea tourists come. The trail was rough, but I could go up the trail in wearing ordinary shoes because the ground was not muddy. But I think that you should wear comfortable shoes. I got sweaty, and you had better bring water of 500 ml at least. In addition, the visitors should go the restroom near the forest patrol office before mountain climbing because there is not the restroom on the way. Here is a home of brown bears, so you had better bring a bear bell, too.
I visited here on the day when the fall foliage was almost over, but every people whom I met said the beautiful fall foliage, so I would be in time for the fall foliage. In the best season, red leaves are conspicuous, and I will come to see it next time.
Atmosphere of Ginsendai with Fall Foliage Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (60 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From mid October to early June|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||623 025 202*78|
List of Guided Tour
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List of Accommodations
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Taisetsu Kogen Onsen
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan National Park
A page of Hokkaido Fall Foliage is here
Hokkaido Fall Foliage
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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